Why Birding is Good for your Health

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Proof that birdwatching is good for you

‘It’s not just birdwatchers who get depressed, anxious or stressed if they stay inside for too long. According to a study by the University of Exeter in Britain, it can affect us all. But the good news is that spending time outdoors watching the local birds can restore your mental health.

The study did not find that specific species of birds people saw had an effect (though twitchers may disagree), but the number of birds that people could see around the neighbourhood, in their gardens, or even through their window, was likely to affect their mental health. It is the simple act of interacting with birds that appears to be the key.

“This study starts to unpick the role that some key components of nature play for our mental well-being,” said Dr Daniel Cox, of the University of Exeter. “Birds around the home, and nature in general, show great promise in preventative health care.’

The positive association between birds, plants and good mental health apply, even when a wide range of socio-economic variables are taken into account.”

Quoted from Birdlife Australia’s Newsletter 1/3/17